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Friday Fun Pt 2: Making Gumball Necklaces

It’s been awhile since we’ve featured a kid’s craft here @ToL. Most of the crafts I’ve seen lately left me speechless in a ho-hum sort of way. My little nice, however, loves “neck-a-lesses”. (She just turned 3.) So, I can’t what to try these.

As per usual, my timing is dreadful. I had just purchased 6 little necklaces to use as stocking stuffers from AVON. These, I am told, can be made for under $1. I spent just over $30–ouch!

Summer birthday party favors, sleepovers, even Christmas, you can’t beat ‘em. Just to get you thinking about the possibilities, these were done @One Charming Party:

gumball necklaces

Gumball Necklaces as seen at One Charming Party

Jamielyn from I {Heart} Nap Time  (via makeantakes.com) created a more sophisticated mommy- look with her necklace:

gumball necklace

Gumball Necklace as seen at Iheartnaptime

What You’ll Need:

bag of large gumballs–count on 6 per necklace
40 inches of ribbon: 1/4 – 1/2 inch-wide, per necklace
a metal skewer or knitting needle (a hammer and nail would work, too)
a doll needle
18 inches of fabric cut into 2-inch circles, if making the rosette as Jamielyn did
matching thread

What You’ll Do:

1. Using a metal skewer or knitting needle, pierce one side of the gumball, gently working to the center.

tapping a gumball

As seen @ One Charming Party

2. Flip the gumball over and poke another hole directly opposite your first hole. WARNING: Resist the urge to  try and poke a single  hole straight through, from one side to the other, all  at once. This is the surest way to break your gumball.

3. Use a  doll needle to thread the ribbon through the gumballs. Thinner ribbon will be easiest to string. Tie a knot between each gumball as you string it.

Source: One Charming Party

To Add a Rosette:

1. Cut (6) 2- inch circles. Then fold each one in half.

2. Fold each circle in half again, creating a wedge or “pie” shape.

3. Tie a knot on the end of your strings and thread the needle through the corner of the “pie”.

4. Thread all the circles on the ribbon using step 3. You may need to turn the “pies” to create a full flower.

Source: iheartnaptime.com

Notes:

Although it wouldn’t be nearly as pretty, you could also use plain elastic as your string. (Remember Smartie bracelets.) Cherry sours, lemon drops–any candy that comes in a solid ball (obviously, gooey centers are out) will make a fine bobble. String ‘em up!

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Author: Tree of Life Learning Academy

Tutor/ Academic Enrichment Coordinator

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